willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20061209 Party at Capt Lawrence, growler thanks to hophead. Golden color. As you might expect, this hopped up saison matches the brewers description and, it seems, their intent. And the intent is noble and good. Aromas almost of typical APA, but with background notes of grasses and weeds with Belgian inspired spicing. Nice mix, nice balance. Soft eff (growler). Could easily be a Dickinsonbeer homebrew.
rikkard (8) - USA - APR 2, 2007 does not count
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap and growler. Pours a nice golden.
Small white head. Aroma reminds me of fresh cut hay. First impression tastes of grapefruit. I agree with tonyc603. The best way to describe it is a Belgian IPA. Balanced,hoppy,slightly sweet with a nice finish and mouthfeel. One of my favorites.
Glouglouburp (5864) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at brewpub. Clear blonde body with a small white head. True to its advertised nature, true American hoppiness on top of a true Belgian Saison foundation. Dupont-ish yeast, fruity notes, light honey flavour, leafy hops (very hoppy). Finish is moderately bitter, a little sweet and with a nice tartness. Not content with being simply well balanced the beer is also very tasty, borderline intense. Successfully delivers exactly what it promises, if only the brewer could do politics…
tonyc603 (43) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden in color with a small white head. This is a very interesting beer, the aroma blends Belgian yeast with citrus hops. The flavor is spicy,fruity,slightly acidic,bitter and hoppy.It’s like a Belgian West Coast IPA for lack of a better description. Take a light Belgian saison and hop it with tons of those citrus beasties and wham! It’s overly bitter in the finish, one of the major flaws with this beer, but I like it still because I love hops.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in the livingroom: Pours a lightly hazy light orange with a thin white head, citrus hops and banana in the aroma with some spices. Light bodied with mellow carbonation, starts lightly sweet ends lightly bitter with a long spicy ending.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a great hoppy aroma, resiny. Standout aroma for a Saison. Pours a hazy yellowish golden with white head. The body is a drop thin IMO, but it’s full in flavor. Grassy notes, hint of barnyard/hayish touch, with a solid hop finish. A unique and dry saison.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a newer amped up version with different and more hops than previous versions as per hophead75. Andrew brought this to the Captain Lawrence gathering- thanks dude. This is really a unique and tasty Saison. Pours with a nice slight hazy gold with a fluffy lasting white head. Aroma is a cool blaance between intense west coast hops- moslty chinook and crystal and then you get a nice yeasty phenolic farmhousy character. Flavor is very hoppy along with lots of farmhouse hints, somewhat saisonlike behind the hops and finishes very dry and extremely bitter with citrus and pine in the end. Damn smooth and tasty. I loved this stuff. Not traditional but damn tasty stuff.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at the RateBeer gathering at the Captain Lawrence brewery. Poured a cloudy golden with a white head. Strong pine and grass aroma... reminiscent of a piney IPA. Taste is very bitter pine and grass hops, with a distinct lightness that keeps this from being an IPA. Almost like a strong golden ale. The pine flavor and scent is strong enough to remind one of air fresheners used around the holiday season to make your home feel more like a log cabin. Interesting and refreshing.
BitchesBrew (713) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[tap @ the brewpub] Pours a nice, dark golden color with a pretty minimal head. Very spicy aroma, almost IPA-like with the amount of citrus present. Flavors are an interesting blend of bitter, and sweet/spicy. Some coriander and pepper spices come through towards the end. Very tasty stuff; a really interesting take on the style.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sampled at the brewery and at the BA BBF 06. Hazy golden in appearance. Aroma is heavy on the citrus hops, with light esters and spicy saison peppery notes. Taste is citrus hops, bitter, with light fruity esters(citrus not banana) and spicy yeast notes. A great hybrid saison, very enjoyable. Just wish I had more.